Faribault In Line For 4-6″ Of Fresh Snow, Owatonna Predicted To See 2-3″
A potent winter storm is on the way, with snow/wintery mix beginning to fall this afternoon through this evening. Area's of the north metro and further north are expected to see the brunt of the storm. Meanwhile, our area of South Central Minnesota will see snow, just not to the extent that the National Weather Service is predicting for portions of the Northern Twin Cities and Central Minnesota.
According to maps of predicted snowfall, Faribault, Lakeville, Burnsville, Montgomery, and New Prague all stand to see 4-6" of new snow when the storm ends Tuesday night. Owatonna, Ellendale, Albert Lea, Waseca, and those south of Highway 14 are predicted to see less than 3" of total snowfall.
The one aspect of the forecast that is different in our area is the type of precipitation that is expected to fall tonight. Faribault, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Waseca, and the surrounding area are supposed to see more of a wintery mix today into tonight, which will create hazardous driving conditions if we see more of a slush/freezing rain type of precipitation to begin.
Once the snow is done falling, it's the temps we will have to worry about with overnight temps Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as low as -6, with windchill as low as -25 to -30 below.
We will stay, somewhat below normal through the end of February, and then once the calendar turns to March we should see temps creep above normal, at least that is what the long-term forecast is showing right now.